The Final Word: SAFC gains ground in playoff chase

Two Golazos by Crisitan Parano cemented three points in SAFC’s victory over Reno 1868 on Saturday night. The two goals by Parano got him named as the USL Player of the Week. San Antonio came out strong and dominated much of the match. Whenever Reno 1868 attempted an offensive attack, Yaro and Ackon were there to snuff out any chance at goal. A late goal by Reno was nowhere near enough as San Antonio FC destroyed Reno 1868 4-1, giving SAFC the season sweep of series and handing Reno 1868 it’s second home loss of the year.

Walter Restrepo – photo by Soy_SAF

Walter Restrepo also had a huge match as he was aggressive all evening and added two assists. Restrepo made some great passes and was possibly his best match of the year. Goals by Frank Lopez and Jack Barmby, who came on in the 35th minute for an injured Bradford Jamieson IV also added to the barrage.

Jack Barmby vs Las Vegas earlier in the year. – photo by Soy_SAF

Moises Hernandez made his return and logged in about 20 minutes as sub for Pecka.

The Infirmary

A near perfect win by San Antonio FC was dampened by a severe injury to Bradofrd Jamieson IV. In the 31st minute Jameison took a shot on goal from the just outside the box to the right of keeper. As Jamieson landed with his strike foot on the temporary baseball infield grass, he went down in pain and appeared to have a serious groin injury. Early speculation is Jamieson could be out for the season, optimistically he could return in 4-6 weeks based on the nature of his injury but we will have to wait and see how Jamieson progresses.

Bradford Jamieson IV – Photo by Soy_SAF

Billy Forbes also appears to be banged up, not making the trip to Reno. No word on how long Forbes will be out. Although Brian Gomez was not listed on the official injury report, Gomez did not make the trip Reno either.

Along with Maguraushe (out for the season), Bryant, and Laing out. No signs of Rafa Castillo on the bench, the midfield corps has suddenly become thin. Darren Powell had Jose Gallegos in the starting XI versus Reno but looked largely ineffective and a pro academy product in Perez who did not see minutes at Reno.

All in all, San Antonio now owns it’s destiny going into the final push of the season. SAFC sits in 10th place( the final play-in spot), only four points out from fourth place and if a few things go SAFC’s way, the Alamo City Boys could be sitting as high as fifth place in the West by the end of next weekend. SAFC hosts a struggling RGVFC Toros team that has won once in the last five. The last time the two clubs met, it was a 3-1 loss in Edinburg.

This is a different SAFC club from the last time we saw them play RGVFC and are heavy favorites to win. SAFC v Toros will be this Saturday at Toyota Field, kickoff is at 7:30 PM.

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